Basketball / Sports

Pistons sputter down the stretch in loss to Warriors

DETROIT -- After scoring 62 points in the first half, the Pistons (23-34) could only manage 34 points in the second half.

And the Warriors really put the clamps on in crunch time.

The Pistons trailed by one, 95-94, with 4:11 left in the game and the Pistons could only manage two Kyle Singler free throws the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, the Warriors scored just enough for a comfortable eight-point victory.

Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points, and Singler and Josh Smith added 18 points each. Smith also had 11 rebounds and seven assists -- although he was 9-for-24 from the field.

With the loss, the Pistons are four games behind the Bobcats and the Hawks, who currently hold the last two spots in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

MSU coach Tom Izzo was court side to watch his former player Draymond Green, who is in his second season with the Warriors.

Green finished with six points and five rebounds on 3-for-4 shooting and scored a bucket on an impressive one-legged jumper from 15 feet.

The Pistons and Warriors just raced up and down the floor in the first half with not much thought on playing defense.

The Pistons shot 50 percent and even went 4-for-7 from three-point land with Singler a perfect 2-for-2. Singler was active in scoring 12 points.

But the Warriors shot 53.3 percent in taking a 63-62 lead. The Warriors rained eight triples with former Detroit CMA standout Jordan Crawford going 4-for-8 from downtown in scoring 10 points. Jermaine O'Neal worked inside for 13 and Curry had 10.

Crawford finished with 15 -- O'Neal had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

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